Six (6) homes were purchased with NSP funds to add to existing NSP stock and a total of thirteen (13) homes were rehabbed and sold.
The Merced Housing Division used $1,061,109 of NSP 1 funds to rehabilitate, resale, and purchase four (4) homes to assist First Time Homebuyers acquiring foreclosed homes. Another $336,525 was used form NSP 3 to rehabilitate and resale nine (9) homes to assist First Time Homebuyers.
The Merced Housing Division funded a total of $1,280,083 for the construction of Gateway Terrace Apartment Complex.
The Merced Housing Division funded a total of $1.2 million to help construct the Woodbridge apartment complex.
Fair and Safe Housing
The Merced Housing Division used CDBG, CalHOME and NSP funds were used to abate Lead Based Paint from one (1) home-owner occupied rehabilitated houses and seven (7) foreclosed homes purchased through the NSP Program prior to resale.
The Merced Housing Division used $8,000 in HOME funds for a Fair Housing Hotline and Education program which provided 36 Fair Housing Workshops to tenants and landlords at various Merced locations with a total of 290 people in attendance.
The Merced Housing Division funded $150,000 for two Code Enforcement Officers to promote building rehabilitation, reduce crime and improve the overall living environment for the residents of designated Census Tracts. These Code Enforcement Officers documented over 1,005 housing violations, from those 982 cases were opened.
The Merced Housing Division provided $9,900 in NSP funds for seven (7) properties to cover the cost of lead hazard evaluations, confinement and or abatement.
The Merced Housing Division funded a program through the Merced Police Department for graffiti prevention and abatement. There were 41 graffiti related arrests through this program with three suspects who were repeat offenders from previously in the year and a total of 17 arrests for tagging crew graffiti.
2013 Grant Recipients
The Merced Lao Family Community received $1,859 to proved youth programs, 69 youth were registered with the program which featured 36 Quuj class sessions and 26 dance sessions as well as 12 public shows.
The Merced Housing Division provided funding for the Merced Lao Family to provided community aide translations, theses translations allowed non English speakers to participate in neighborhood issues, school functions, and Code Enforcement matters. There were a total of 333 Hmong translations, 29 Mien translations, and 31 Lao translations.
Merced County Rescue Mission received $3,500 to provide a warming center in the winter and wet weather months. The center provided a warm place for 1,104 clients, 579 of which were men, 427 of which were women, and 98 of which were children.
Potter’s place receiver $9,500 to provide job training to individuals in the construction field, this program resulted in the training of 23 individuals with three starting their own business.
Healthy House received funding to provide senior citizens assistance with understanding medical forms, a total of 32 senior citizens were educated through this program.
Merced Community Action Agency received $19,762 to provide rental assistance to households that were behind on rent and would be evicted without assistance. This program provided assistance to 16 households or 51 individuals from becoming homeless, of the households that received assistance 15 households are current with their rent and utilities.